SLIDER

Heart on a string

As my little boy napped, I took the opportunity to make this card for someone I know who got engaged on Valentine's Day (no, not Lady Gaga!)
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I used a digital stamp by Lizzy Love.

My blank greeting card was A5, so I used an A5 page layout in Microsoft Word. By trial and error - printing a couple of times on scrap paper - I found where to place the image so it would start on the fold of the card.
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I added my wording using a text box, which enables you to place text anywhere.

Once happy with my design, I printed and folder my card.
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On some patterned paper, I printed the image again and cut out the hearts - I used blue and pink paper.
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I used glue dots to stick on the small hearts and to achieve dimension, foam pads for the larger hearts.
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Finally, I finished it off with a simple crystal rhinestone on the middle heart and a white paper inlay.
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This design could be used for weddings and anniversaries too.

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Heart of Clay

This is my silver clay heart pendant.
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I've had this air dry clay for sometime and I've finally got round to using it (more clay projects coming soon!)
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I started off by rolling out a small ball of the clay. Then using an old craft knife, I cut out a heart shape - if you have a small cutter you could use that, but I did mine freehand. I made a neat hole in the top of the heart using a metal skewer.

The piece took 24 hours to dry out.

I painted both sides of the heart with acrylic paint. It dried quickly, enabling me to add another coat quite soon afterwards.
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Although the silver paint was metallic, I felt the heart needed some pizzazz. As I don't have any silver glitter paint, I used a nail varnish.

Once dry, I added a top coat of Mod Podge.
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Finally, I used a jump ring to attach some leather cord to the heart, making the cord into a necklace using a sliding knot.
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Tinsel

Here's my really quick, simple and inexpensive Christmas Wreath
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For my base, I used a polystyrene hoop. They're very cheap to buy - this one was a £1!
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I wrapped two silver tinsel garlands around the hoop (£1 each), securing the ends with a modified paperclip...

Using wire cutters I cut a U shape. I then pushed it into the polystyrene, securing the tinsel.
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Once all of the wreath was covered in tinsel, I made a bow out of silver wired ribbon (£2) and secured it by tying it around the wreath.
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Total cost: £5 (that's $7.79 or €6.34)
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Stocking Filler 2014

I've just finished off my crochet coaster stocking fillers for this Christmas.
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I previously posted about this crochet pattern here
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I used some silver ribbon to bundle up my sets of 4 slate coloured coasters and I added a very simple label - made using my trusty tag punch and a christmas tree punch.
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